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Dennis Tesch
November 15th, 2004, 12:45 PM
I am looking at putting together a sheet for my new masters swimmers about all the different swimming terminology and acronyms coaches use on deck.

I will start with a few.... Please add as many as you can and I will re-post what I put together.

DPS - Distance per stroke

Rev IMO - Reverse Individual Medley Order

R Arm - Right Arm only

L Arm - Left Arm only

Inv K - Inverted Kick

Alternate Breathe - breathing pattern that consist's of equal number of breath's on the left side as the right, typically done in threes, breathe left, stroke three times, breathe right, stroke three times, repeat.

Rob Copeland
November 16th, 2004, 09:17 AM
Dennis

The coaches on this workout forum each have an introduction that contains a lot of Workout set definitions/acronyms. Have you looked at these?

thinkersw
December 2nd, 2004, 01:29 PM
IMO--IM order
FR--Freestyle
BK--Backstroke
BR--Breastroke
Fly--Butterfly
CH--Choice
SW--Swim
NB--No Breath
D 1-4--Descend 1-4
A 1-4--Ascend 1-4 (I like these sets)
Alt.--Alternate
HD--Hard
SP--Sprint

Lure_Angler
December 19th, 2008, 10:34 AM
Hi all,

May I know what does it mean when a workout says

"400 swim, 250 Choice..."

What's the difference?

Thanks

ViveBene
December 19th, 2008, 11:58 AM
(Sigh)

An acronym (lit. "short word") is a word made up of initial letter(s) of other words. There are very few acronyms in English. Here are some of the most common:

snafu: situation normal, all fouled up
scuba: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
radar: radio detecting and ranging

I have never seen an acronym used in a swimming context, although there might be one.

There are lots of abbreviations, initialisms, and shorthand ways of writing things in swimming workouts:

SDK: an initialism

Helpful hint: if you can't pronounce it as a word, it is not an acronym.

Typhoons Coach
December 19th, 2008, 01:41 PM
(Sigh)

An acronym (lit. "short word") is a word made up of initial letter(s) of other words. There are very few acronyms in English. Here are some of the most common:

snafu: situation normal, all fouled up
scuba: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
radar: radio detecting and ranging

I have never seen an acronym used in a swimming context, although there might be one.

There are lots of abbreviations, initialisms, and shorthand ways of writing things in swimming workouts:

SDK: an initialism

Helpful hint: if you can't pronounce it as a word, it is not an acronym.

The only acronym that I really ever use is SKIPS (Swim, Kick, IM, Pull, Swim).

Typhoons Coach
December 19th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Hi all,

May I know what does it mean when a workout says

"400 swim, 250 Choice..."

What's the difference?

Thanks

Typically for my practices, "swim" means freestyle swim and choice is your choice of stroke other than freestyle.

some_girl
December 19th, 2008, 01:57 PM
Typically for my practices, "swim" means freestyle swim and choice is your choice of stroke other than freestyle.

You always need to get clarification on "choice": I've had it mean anything but free or anything, including free, with "stroke" meaning free-free. In warmup, I would assume it included drill and pull unless told otherwise.

Typhoons Coach
December 19th, 2008, 02:19 PM
You always need to get clarification on "choice": I've had it mean anything but free or anything, including free, with "stroke" meaning free-free. In warmup, I would assume it included drill and pull unless told otherwise.

I agree with regard to the clarification! In warm up, I try to stay away from drills though kick and pull are fine for choice...

Lure_Angler
December 19th, 2008, 07:23 PM
Alright typhoon,

thanks a lot.

ande
December 20th, 2008, 06:25 PM
SDK = Streamline Dolphin Kick aka underwaters

when UT's women coaches give a set they say ___ DK
like 3 DK which means 3 dolphin kicks off each wall

phelps slow motion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9eDAQxL5cA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ZwLZNEtR0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym_ks0aHkCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQY15xFu4B4

berddog
July 27th, 2010, 10:07 AM
Some workout posted here and other places say, for instance, 75 kick/drill/swim. In this case, what does "drill" mean???

Also have a question about what "descend" and "ascend" mean in workouts.

Thanks for any help!

KEWebb18
July 27th, 2010, 09:31 PM
Some workout posted here and other places say, for instance, 75 kick/drill/swim. In this case, what does "drill" mean???

Also have a question about what "descend" and "ascend" mean in workouts.

Thanks for any help!

Drill means that you do a stroke drill instead of a swim.

Descend means that you increase your speed as you go through the set, meaning that your time should be faster than the one before it. Ascend means that you decrease your speed as you go through the set. Each repeat should be slower than the one before it.

Hope this helps.

berddog
July 28th, 2010, 08:53 AM
Drill means that you do a stroke drill instead of a swim.

Descend means that you increase your speed as you go through the set, meaning that your time should be faster than the one before it. Ascend means that you decrease your speed as you go through the set. Each repeat should be slower than the one before it.

Hope this helps.


Thanks Katie, but what are "drills" for freestyle?

KEWebb18
July 28th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Thanks Katie, but what are "drills" for freestyle?

You can pick a drill to work on a specific part of your stroke. I prefer the catch up drill and the fingertip drag drill. You can google some freestyle swim drills and watch the videos to find some that you like. Sometimes the workouts will specify which drills to do.

Kris Houchens says that these are her freestyle swim drills from Opportunities for Greatness.
100 Free Drill Cycle
25 – Fist Drill. Swim freestyle with hands in fists. Work on holding onto the water with the wrist and forearm. Focus on high elbow during pull phase.
2 x 25 – One Arm Drill Swim with one arm only.
1) Non–working arm can be at the side (requires more core strength) breathing to the opposite side of the arm working. Try to hold the working arm in the streamline position for 6 kicks before stroking to emphasis timing. Rotate hips, navel, and shoulders all together with arm pull. Should roll completely from one side to the other than back again during one stroke cycle.
2) Non–working arm can be in streamline position for beginners with balance problems. Breathing to the working arm side. Focus on arm strength and position of arm/hand for the catch.
25 – Full Stroke Freestyle. Thinking about good technique.

Hope this helps to get you started on doing some good drills.

berddog
July 28th, 2010, 03:20 PM
Thanks a ton... Finger tip drag, count strokes, head out of water (Tarzan), one arm, catch-up, it's coming back to me now....

Thanks

coachkopie
July 28th, 2010, 04:12 PM
As Rob noted, there are a number of practice over view explanations in the workout section of this site. Those have a lot of terms defined and a lot of abbreviations defined. The most important things to remember:
* use terms that fit into the teaching and workout mix you choose to provide

* use words or abbreviations that help you and your swimmers read the instructions clearly and fairly quickly (versus long narratives with sentences)

* as long as you use the terms fairly consistently (verbally and in writing) so your swimmers can grasp what they mean things will run smoothly

have fun.

JMiller
July 30th, 2010, 03:36 PM
How about these acronyms?

C - Creating
O - Optimistic
A - Attitudes
C - Changing
H - Habits

S - Stretching
W - Water
I - Into
M - Motion

C - Challenging
O - Obstacles
M - Motivating
P - Personal
E - Energy
T - Towards
I - Individual
T - Training
I - Intelligently
O - Overcoming
N - Negativity

D – Daring
R – Reason
E – Engaging
A – Awareness
M – Manifesting
S – Significance

L – Longing
O – Openly
V – Valuing
E – Equally

M – Materializing
I – Ideas
N – Needing
D – Dimension

H – Helping
O – Open
P – Perspectives
E – Endure

B – Being
E – Entirely
L – Level
I – Including
E – Experienced
V – Verifiable
E – Expectations

coachkopie
July 31st, 2010, 06:11 PM
Nice list. Nice word play. Have a great day.

Paul Smith
August 8th, 2010, 05:21 PM
SIMW = sleep in miss workout
SADGI = stand around don't get in
SOWAW = sit on wall and whine
GOEFC = get out early for coffee
DTGF = don't train get fat
RTTLS = real triathletes train like swimmers
OLSB = only losers swim breastroke

mglenesk
October 26th, 2012, 10:36 PM
Drills:
OBC - Opposite Butt Cheek
FTD - Finger Tip Drag

SOFT - Drill set Salute, OBC, Fist, Thumb to Thigh

K - Kick
P - Pull